Tad Simons

Tad Simons

Contributing editor Tad Simons is an award-winning journalist whose writing on the local arts scene has appeared in the Twin Cities Reader, City Pages, St. Paul Pioneer Press, American Theatre magazine, BackStage, Variety and the Washington Post. Over his 25 year career, Tad has covered theater, books, music, visual arts, dance, film, and performance art (including politics). Tad’s articles and essays on these and other subjects have won more than 30 local and national awards for editorial excellence.

Frozen Docs Series: 'The House I Live In'

These days, documentary filmmakers are shouldering much of the burden and bother of investigative journalism that newspapers, magazines, and the rest of the media-massage complex has largely abandoned. 

River's Edge Music Fest
Why River's Edge Music Fest is never coming back.

This is getting ridiculous. After promising to deliver the biggest, best, most tremendously super-awesome summer concert series the Twin Cities has ever seen...

The Book of Mormon
Will your brain explode if you see The Book of Mormon?

Permit me to talk seriously for a moment about The Book of Mormon, the sacrilegious song-fest popping eyeballs and frying neurons this week at The Orpheum Theatre.

Minnesota and the Civil War: Yes, We Were There
Minnesota and the Civil War: Yes, We Were There

I will be the first to admit that when it comes to the history of the Civil War, the role Minnesotans might have played does not leap immediately to mind.

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast's visit; and Andy Warhol is in town . . . again.

I had the honor Thursday night (and again Friday morning) of meeting and introducing the legendary New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast to the crowd gathered for the Hennepin County Library Association’s Pen Pals Lecture Series at Hopkins Center for the Arts.

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